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Jerry Spinelli 1941


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Title: Jerry Spinelli 1941

Jerry Spinelli1941-
  • He was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania
  • In high school wrote poem about his schools
    football teams victory, published in newspaper
  • Went to Gettysburg College and John Hopkins
  • After college wrote four adult novels, rejected
  • Fifth novel meant to be adult novel, ended up a
    kid novel
  • Books based on his kids, newspapers, and everyday
  • In 1991 won Newbery Award for Maniac Magee
  • In 1998 Wringer became a Newbery Honor book
  • Currently lives with wife and kids in
    Phoenixville, PA

Writers Craft
  • Jerry Spinelli bases his stories on his
    childhood and his kids. Jerry Spinelli talks
    about his childhood, Isnt it a magical,
    wonderful thing that our childhoods are not
    completely lost to us, like juice squeezed
    forever from an orange, and that without moving
    so much as an eyelash we can call back Buddy
    Brathwaites bare, rat-proof feet, or Ginny
    Sukoloskis dungaree nipping duck, or Joey
    Lapellas green teeth?Jerrys books are not
    always based on his childhood, sometimes his
    characters and their emotions and actions are
    based on his kids.

Writers Craft

Out of six kids he has a large variety of what
the characters in his story should be
like. Jerry Spinelli says, You should always
base your novel on an event that really happened
in the past. He also says, Life is full of
happy accidents. Jerry was originally going to
be an adult author but now he ended up a children
author and now he is extremely happy that he is
writing books for kids. That was Jerrys happy
Writers Craft
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  • The End
  • By Ally Zimbalist
  • 12-10-02